Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11, 1952: The Pride of St. Louis Premieres

     On April 11, 1952, the life story of Dizzy Dean titled "The Pride of St. Louis" premiered at the Missouri Theatre in St. Louis. The Mayor of St. Louis Joseph Darst declared the entire week "Dizzy Dean" week in the city to celebrate the film that had Dan Dailey playing Dizzy, Joanne Dru playing his wife Patricia, and Richard Crenna playing his brother Paul. After the premiere Dizzy Dean joined Mayor Darst, Bill Veeck, Rogers Hornsby, along with the entire cast of the film on stage to take a bow. What followed the premiere was an over the top celebration, that included a six-mile long parade that began on Washington Avenue through downtown to Grand Avenue where they headed to the gates of Sportsman's Park.

You can watch the movie here:

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